I'm a beginning birder. An amateur who basically knows that birds can fly. Oh...and they're cool to look at:) Birders are funny people as well and I have decided that I like them as a group of people....although they can be quite literal at times:)
Just like the birds, you'll find them up at the early dawn or right before sunset because that's when the birds are active.
Tonight, because I am broke until Friday, I decided to head over to the Sweetwater Wetlands (which is free)with my camera and play around with the settings. What a difference a season makes!!!! I counted billions of birds everywhere. Yeah, that was an accurate account.
I also love how birders will look at how big each others lenses are on the cameras passing by.....like size matters!!! Based on your lens size, you'll get a smile and hello. Too small of a lens and forget about it!! You're nobody:) The lens does matter but the person behind the camera is the one who matters most.
If you asked me what the yellow bellied bird was, I'd tell you it was a yellow bellied bird. And of course a duck is a duck. A woodpecker a woodpecker. A hawk a hawk. And so on and so forth. I love that I don't know ANYTHING about the whole thing......I just know that I like birds.
So to my birder friends and your blogs, I thank you for your knowledge and details on the .....hobby? Well it is fun. Your detailed work shows me that there is a higher level to achieve and I hope that someday I'll get there. But for now, I'm just going to enjoy the ride.
As a photographer, my goal was to capture ducks in flight which I partially succeeded at....but the sun was a challenge.....and using a quick hand on the manual focus continues to challenge me on every shoot.
I get lost with the camera around my neck and almost fell into a hole because again.....I was looking up and not looking down. Dangerous! Plus, there were birders in positions I would not get myself into.....two of them to be exact, were hiding in the reeds for the incredible shots.
At one point, I forgot how I got to where I did. I was following the mountain lion tracks in the mud until I discovered I was all alone in the middle of tall reeds. Several of the reeds were flattened and there was a musky feline smell like something had recently sprayed the area. I'm good with cats and their smells out in the wild. That was a bit scary and I thought, "Oh great. My luck, I'll get eaten and pulled into the reeds with no one around to find me!" I don't own a cell so no GPS tracker.
It was time to go and the sun had already set. Those two hours of my day quickly flew by......as did the birds:)